By Valsa Koshy
A step by step consultant for selecting an motion examine subject; making plans acceptable motion; collecting, reviewing, and examining info; and writing the ultimate file or dissertation.
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In all these cases, it will be useful to cast your eyes forward and think about the final outcomes. I remember one of my action researchers sharing her folder of children’s work and photographs with me which she had been collecting from the start of the project to use on a course she was ‘expected’ to deliver at the local teachers’ centre. SUMMARY In the first half of this chapter I made a case for action research by highlighting its value for educational enhancement. I tried to address some of the criticisms levelled against action research and explained its purpose in terms of improving practice.
My colleague is intending to use this project as a basis for her dissertation and for me it was a very hands-on learning experience of ‘assessment for learning’. 13 01 Chap01 9473 p1-22 17/3/05 7:02 am Page 14 14 Action Research for Improving Practice EXAMPLE 2 Christine – action researcher within an LEA It all started when, as part of the government’s initiative to enhance provision for gifted and talented students, the Department for Education and Skills invited proposals for funding to be awarded to individual schools or groups of practitioners to carry out action research into aspects of nurturing talents in younger children – specifically children aged 4–7.
As part of the writing up for my dissertation, I knew I had to discuss my findings in relation to the justification for the selection of the topic, its aims and its objectives. My personal learning and the influence the study has had on my practice needed to be highlighted, as well as an acknowledgement of any shortcomings. The way in which my findings could be useful to other practitioners also had to be declared. I found the methodology of action research highly suitable for my purpose. I was able to work on a topic of personal interest as part of my professional development.
Action Research for Improving Practice: A Practical Guide by Valsa Koshy